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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Tonight's lineup: Caps at 'Canes

By Katie Carrera

Although both players said the opposite this morning, it appears as though Mike Green won't face the Hurricanes tonight at RBC Center while Tom Poti will return to the lineup.

Semyon Varlamov looks set to make his second start of the season against Carolina after playing in only two contests so far this season with a re-occurring groin problem. The Capitals also have another set of new-look line combinations.

Based on warm up here's what the lineup should look like:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Laich Laich-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Chimera-Johansson-Semin
Fleischmann-Gordon-Fehr
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Poti
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Fahey

Goal
Varlamov
Neuvirth

Scratches: Mike Green, D.J. King and Mike Knuble.

By Katie Carrera  | November 24, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes, Lineups  
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Comments

...what r u waiting for?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

wtf, wtf_e_fehr? Is that a bad sign for ice conditions the rest of this game?

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope not!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Are we goin' old school? Tarik style? With no "Open Thread"?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't it been a couple of games since they last offered the open thread? I for one never used it.

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

guess so...the open thread has been M.I.A. the past few games.

Also, for playing RW tonight, OV is spending a lot of time on the LW side of the ice

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Are we goin' old school? Tarik style? With no "Open Thread"?


Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:16 PM

at least there isn't any twitter tonight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise, Bradley is bleeding

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

BFV - with an oil leak under the left headlight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

i didn't know how to take bradley winning two fights this year....good to see the old bradley back. he's the best

Posted by: _stevo | November 24, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

At least Ovie has 2 recorded shots in this first period, unlike the recent past. Maybe good things will come.

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

i didn't know how to take bradley winning two fights this year....good to see the old bradley back. he's the best

Posted by: _stevo | November 24, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

good d by semin

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

WOO!! Backy!!

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Y E S!!!

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

thats good hockey

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

backstrom with some really quick hands on getting a shot off of that rebound

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

EXCELLENT SHIFT TO FOLLOW THE GOAL!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I like laich on the first line.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | November 24, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

looks like everyone is putting in extra effort

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

They were good on the PK, now let's see positive results on the PP. I'm encouraged.

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Caps are good at killing their own power plays

Posted by: LloydChristmas | November 24, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Chimmychanga has to stash that, nice pass by Poti.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

20 of 60 - good so far
BB should mix it up in the locker room and rip them a new one now - try and get a second good 20 out of them

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Alzner needs to stop thinking so hard and just play like he can. Not being able to get the puck out of our end due to extra pressure is a problem with him.

Posted by: AZSportsJunkie | November 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

A better effort from a lot of players. That one shift by Semin, Flash and Johansson was impressive. That needs to happen more often.

8 completely missed a backcheck during the 4-on-4. He didn't even make an attempt to skate back.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Scratch that... I just rewinded it... he made an effort but was way too late to react.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Now Bruce is dancing in a track suit.

Posted by: Dizruption | November 24, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice effort nicky

Posted by: Dizruption | November 24, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Go Varly!

Poti looks a lil rusty.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Two plays by 8 have led directly to 3-on-2s so far.

The first was mentioned above.

The second happened a few min ago where he lunged for a puck that he had no chance to get to first and the d-man or whoever it was started up ice on the 3-on-2.

I understand that he's done some good things but it's those low hockey IQ/poor defensive awareness plays that he and the rest of the team need to eliminate.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

To add to that, there is nothing wrong with putting pressure on the puck but you need to move your legs and do it while being prepared to backcheck (or actually starting the backcheck) in that situation. Since the Carolina player was so much closer to the puck, the full-fledged lunge took himself totally out of the play.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Smell a hattie coming for Backie.

Posted by: instinct227 | November 24, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

21-19-8 has been working well tonight

Posted by: c_majors | November 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

again ovie muffs it on the PP point

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

We were 6th in the league on the PP. But I still don't like our PP. We should be #1!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

That was the best 2nd period we have had in a long time.

20 more to go!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

That was the best 2nd period we have had in a long time.

20 more to go!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

40 of 60 - i'm still pleased with the effort so far
BB work your magic and see if you can get them to commit to another 20

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Dat post wuz so nice...

I HAD TO DO IT TWICE!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The score is deceptive.

We've played harder and smarter tonight but we've given up a lot of oddman rushes, which is particularly frustrating when we have the lead on the road.

Ovechkin alone has been entirely or partly responsible for 3 of them.

Beyond that, Varlamov has been excellent.

If the Caps don't tighten up and make better positional decisions, this game could turn for the worse quickly. Carolina's been getting 3-on-2s all night.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

WOW

Canes had 19 SOG in that period

RETURN OF THE VARLY!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Yet another bad defensive play by 8.

Schultz workin his tail off to get the puck out and 8 is standing up near the blueline on the wrong side of the Carolina player just watching the play.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

s*cks for varly - he's playing very good tonight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

They have been trying indirect stuff since the puck dropped.

They kept up the pressure and got one.

COME ON CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Steckel's been playing well by his standards recently but his lack of speed and ability to change direction quickly hurt there. A little more speed and better reaction time and he may get across and prevent that pass through.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

welp

40 minutes of good hockey, down the drain...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

time to play some hockey - get it back boys

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

they look like their interested in playing again now

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

NOW THATS A PP!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

nice - ovi is a assist machine tonight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I've lost count of the number of 3-on-2s we've given up tonight. We're lucky to have only given up 2 goals.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Brooks get the tip in. He has been way over due

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm still hoping for a Backstrom hat trick.

Posted by: lag0m0rph | November 24, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

@lag0m0rph

just hoping for the win

Posted by: _stevo | November 24, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Lets go Backie - empty neter.

Posted by: instinct227 | November 24, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't wanna pick too much on Poti since he's obviously rusty but he's made at least 3 horrible plays in the d-zone over the course of this game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

MUCH BETTER!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

That'll do pig...that'll do.

Posted by: capscoach | November 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

...and how about VARLY?!?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't like a couple of those decisions made with the empty net.

Overall, a better effort level tonight obviously. It's hard to imagine they couldn't improve after that previous debacle.

Still, the team defense was porous at times.

I'd actually give POG to Varlamov over even Backstrom. If not for his stellar play, we could've easily given up 4 or 5 goals in this game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
This just in - see what happens when you skate and work hard?????? LOL. Honestly - a great effort but let's face it folks - it's a long hockey season and sometimes you're going to have off nights like Atlanta and NJ. It happens. The rebounded and didn't fold even when Carolina battled back to tie it. Solid win.

Varlamov - welcome back and it seems like he hasn't missed a beat in net.

Sloan - go back to the AHL and stay there. Nice to have a little more stability back there with the defense.

Time to get back home and shutdown the Lightning who are on a roll. It's been a two point night.

ICEBREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 24, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Still room for improvement, but the whole team played a lot better tonight then they have in the past week (at least)

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Fahey NOT put one in against us!

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the win! What a nail biter! I had my fear that they'd blow it when Carolina tied.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 24, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Ovie, Backstrom, and Varly!

Only one goal counts as a gaff as the 2nd was caused after the ref blatantly missed a hook.

was it a perfect game...of course not, but lets focus on the 100% improved effort, Ovie coming out of his mild coma, and just a good overall game.

Posted by: capscoach | November 24, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Is there any place to hear all of BB's comments on the game? Comcast gave us all of 1 minute.

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@aglafelter

they will be on washingtoncaps.com in the next 30-60minutes

Posted by: capscoach | November 24, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

i give carolina some credit for not giving up. they reminded me of the caps when they're behind. looked like the caps took it up a notch once carolina tied it. this should be used as an example of taking it to the next level when the playoffs start.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@aglatfelter caps365 generally has them a bit after the game. I just follow @washcaps (twitter) for links.

Posted by: lag0m0rph | November 24, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

sweet! thanks capscoach and lag0m0rph!

Posted by: aglatfelter | November 24, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how good a coach Guy Boucher will turn out to be but he looks and sounds extremely upset after a 5-3 win against the Rangers... don't think I've ever seen BB this upset after a win.

Posted by: joek443 | November 24, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Good to see tonight Cody Eakin get the primary assist on the winning goal with 32 second left in OT to give the Broncos a 3-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Posted by: dull | November 24, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

We know that Boudreau would not be happy with a 5-3 win, if the Caps had led 5-0 at one point.

Tampa is having a great season this year and is much improved. But I'd say they definitely have weaknesses in defense and goal tending, even more than the Caps.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice win by the guys, but can anyone tell me what the hell "Icebreakers Goal shakers" means? I realize it rhymes, but it makes zero sense unless I am missing something.

Posted by: Aldred15 | November 24, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me they'll be leaving Laich on the top line with Backstrom and Ovi for a while, given that it works. Laich's ice time has gone way up with his promotion to 1LW.

So what spot will Knuble go to when he returns? 2RW? And does that mean that Semin will switch to LW to make room for Knuble? (Originally, they had switched Semin to RW so that when Ovi took extra long shifts, Semin could get more ice time.) So now Ovi's the 1RW, defeating the whole purpose of Semin moving to RW to begin with.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

@ Aldred15

that's just from the little theme song of their radio broadcast back in the day... Ron Weber days

Posted by: joek443 | November 25, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

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